Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Nicktoons USA May Not Air 'Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS' [Updated]

Originally published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Update (12/18): Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like Nicktoons USA will be airing Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS after all. In an email to Twitter /@MrDueltainerfan, a Program Planning and Strategy Manager said that nothing further has been said at Nickelodeon n regards to VRAINS, and revealed that at this point, it's unlikely that Nicktoons will get the series.

Nicktoons USA, Nickelodeon USA action and animation channel, will start to premiere and show Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season three on Saturday, January 13 at 9:00am ET/PT, beginning with the season premiere, "A Warlike Welcome" (#301)!

Unfortunately, however, due to Nicktoons taking a bit too long to air season 1 of ARC-V, causing the series to fall behind the rest of the world in terms of consumer products, marketing, and promotion, Konami has requested that Nickelodeon catch up with the rest of world, and the only way to do it was by skipping season 2 - which Nicktoons had planned on premiering during early 2018, and going directly into season 3. Nickelodeon confirmed the news in a email to ToonZone Forums member '4Kids4EverFandom'.

However, Nickelodeon also confirmed the exciting news that Nicktoons will start to premiere the brand-new Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS from Fall 2018!

Update (1/6): Cinedigm, a leading independent content distributor in the United States, has revealed in an email to ToonZone Forums member '4Kids4EverFandom' that they are currently working on Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V season two, and are aiming for a digital release in March 2018 and the DVD/Blu-ray in May 2018!

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS stars Yusaku Fujiki as the main protagonist, and takes place in a high-school setting, featuring Virtual Reality Duels in a cyberspace constructed with LINK VRAINS, the latest in virtual-reality technology. As with the previous three spin-off series (5D's, ZEXAL, and ARC-V), VRAINS introduces and focuses on a new type of Summoning: Link Summoning.

In the city of Den City, thousands of duelists take part in a virtual reality space known as Link Vrains, where users can create unique avatars and participate in games of Duel Monsters with each other. As a mysterious hacker organisation known as the Knights of Hanoi threaten this world, a high-school student named Yusaku Fujiki battles against them under the guise of Playmaker. One day, Yusaku encounters a peculiar artificial intelligence program, which he names Ai, who sets off a digital maelstrom in Link Vrains known as the Data Storm. As the appearance of this storm gives birth to Speed Duels, in which duelists surf the wind as they duel, Yusaku battles against Hanoi in order to uncover the truth concerning an incident that happened to him years ago.

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's January 2018 Premiere Highlights | All New All Nick!

Originally published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

Sources: Nickandmore!, ToonZone Forums /@PinkiePie97, IGN UK, Wikipedia, Yu-Gi-Oh! Wiki; H/T: Twitter /@TVShowsFan, LinkedIn.
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